What's the Difference between Matilda the Book and Matilda the Movie?

Comedy

Matilda

11%
Released: 1988
Author: Roald Dahl

Matilda

89%
Released: 1996
Director: Danny DeVito
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In the Book In the Movie
Matilda Wormwood
Matilda Wormwood
Portrayed by: Mara Wilson
Mrs. Wormwood
Zinnia Wormwood
Portrayed by: Rhea Perlman
Harry Wormwood
Harry Wormwood
Portrayed by: Danny DeVito
Michael Wormwood
Michael Wormwood
Portrayed by: Brian Levinson
Miss Trunchbull
Miss Trunchbull
Portrayed by: Pam Ferris
Miss Honey
Portrayed by: Embeth Davidtz
Miss Honey
Matilda Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The novel takes place in England. The film takes place in the United States.
   The novel goes into much greater detail about the list of the classical works that Matilda reads. It also goes into detail on how advanced Matilda is. Never seen or mentioned.
   Matilda never goes into the Trunchbull's house. In the film, Matilda breaks into the Trunchbull's home twice.
   While Matilda and Lavender are friends in the novel, Matilda has no direct interaction with Bruce Bogtrotter and Amanda Thripp. In the film, it is implied that there is a friendship between Matilda, Lavender, Hortensia, Bruce Bogtrotter and Amanda Thripp.
   In the novel, Hortensia is a bully and insults Lavender and Matilda during their only encounter with her. In the film, Hortensia is nice to Matilda and Lavender.
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